San Francisco Naturalist Society

The San Francisco Naturalist Society is dedicated to the enjoyment, study, and preservation of the natural world.
Upcoming Naturalist Society Events
Thursday, June 12
The Borneo Project
Brihannala Morgan describes the island of Borneo -- its wildlife, lands and people. In addition to the history of the Project itself, Brihannala will also discuss the unique model of the Borneo Project and what the Project does to support rainforest communities on-the-ground in Borneo in their fight against encroaching development and mega-dams. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114. 7:30-9 pm. For more information, go to or contact Patrick Schlemmer at or (415) 225-3830.
Free and open to everyone.
The San Francisco Naturalist Society is a free club for people who are interested in the natural world. If you would like to be added to the announcement list for upcoming Naturalist Society events, email club president Patrick Schlemmer.
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Today's Naturalist Events

Fri., April 18 SF Bay American Cetacean Society Naturalist Training Course. This program will support ACS's commitment to sound science in public education about whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. SF Bay ACS naturalists will represent the chapter at events such as wildlife tours (land and boat), school programs, special presentations and outreach events. Our members, colleagues, partners, friends, and followers are an engaged group with wide-ranging experiences. We want to include you in the development of this exciting program. As we move forward we will reach out to you with updates and opportunities for participation. Your input will help us design a program that deepens a connection between community members, local wildlife, and researchers. You can help now by giving 5 to 10 minutes to answer this short survey: Link to Naturalist Program Survey:

Sat., April 19 Earth Day Cleanup. Ravenswood Point, East Palo Alto. 9 am-noon. Help protect wildlife! Join the refuge and Save the Bay for our annual Earth Day Cleanup. For more information, call (510) 792-0222 ext. 141. Reservations are required. Please reserve your spot through Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat., April 19 Learn to identify invasive species, get hands-on training, and be a part of the team working to protect and restore the unique ecosystem on Kent Island in Bolinas Lagoon. Space is limited, so RSVP to save a spot! Participation requires a short rowboat ride to the island. Dress in layers you can get dirty: long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and a hat or visor. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Rubber boots come in handy but are not necessary. Snacks, lunch, and drinks will be provided. 10 am-2 pm. Questions or to RSVP: contact Tori Bohlen at or the Marin County Parks volunteer office at (415) 473-3778.

Sat., April 19 Wild Places, Wild Things Conservation Lecture with Megan Parker, PhD., Director of Research for Working Dog for Conservation. Working Dogs for Conservation has been at the forefront of the conservation detection dog field, developing training and field methods for using the unparalleled abilities of canine olfaction to collect information for conservation projects around the world. From detecting the smallest, ignored invasive weed in Montana to helping describe population parameters of large carnivores in Africa through scat detection, these dogs have provided critical conservation solutions from non-invasive surveys of wildlife sign, invasive plants, and live animals. Working Dogs for Conservation works collaboratively where hard-to-find samples can have large conservation impacts and many of their projects have been successful only through the use of canine detection, where other methods have failed. They help conservation through conservation partnerships, innovative research, and setting the highest standards for the field. Come help us celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo by learning about this amazing organization. San Francisco Zoo, Osher Great Hall, noon-1:30 pm. Recommended for ages 12 and above. For more information, call (415) 753-7073. Free.

April 19-27 National Park Week.

Quote of the Day

"Our kinship with earth must be maintained; otherwise we will find ourselves trapped in the center of our own paved-over souls with no way out. "

-Terry Tempest Williams